PRADHAN Arunava (University of Minho, Braga, Portugal)

First Name: Arunava

Name: Pradhan

Position: Post Doctoral Researcher and Integrated Member


Institute / University / Company: Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S) / University of Minho

Research Unit: Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA)

Address (city, state): Campus of Gualtar, Braga

Country: Portugal

Please give 5 key-words showing your research / interest in Microbial Ecotoxicolgy:

  • Freshwater microbial communities
  • Emerging chemical contaminants (ECCs)
  • Stress biomarkers
  • Microbial OMICs
  • Nanoecotoxicology

Main kinds of contaminant(s) of interest:

  • Metals
  • Nanomaterials
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Fungicides, pesticides and other agrochemicals
  • Microplastics
  • Contaminants from post-fire runoffs
  • Mixtures of emerging chemical contaminants

Main kinds of microorganisms of interest:

  • Freshwater fungi
  • Stream bacteria
  • Freshwater microalgae

Main kinds of ecosystems of interest:

Our ecotoxicological studies focused mainly on complex detrital lotic ecosystem with trophic interactions (plant litter microbial decomposer communities and shredder invertebrates).
Additionally, we are also interested on lentic ecosystem, focusing on the trophic interactions between microagae and filterfeeders (rotifers and daphnia).

Do you give courses on Microbial Ecotoxicology ?: NO

Most relevant articles in the field of Microbial Ecotoxicology (max.5):

  • Pradhan A, Geraldes P, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2016. Humic acid mitigates the toxicity of smaller size copper oxide nanoparticles to microbial decomposers in freshwaters. Freshwater Biology, 61, 2197–2210 (special issue: Ecological principles in ecotoxicology to assess effects of chemical contaminants in fresh waters).
  • Pradhan A, Seena S, Schlosser D, Gerth K, Helm S, Dobritzsch M, Krauss G-J, Dobritzsch D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2015. Fungi from metal-polluted streams may have high ability to cope with the oxidative stress induced by copper oxide nanoparticles. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 34 (4), 923–930.
  • Pradhan A, Geraldes P, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2015. Natural organic matter alters size-dependent effects of nanoCuO on the feeding behaviour of freshwater invertebrate shredders. Science of the Total Environment, 535, 94–101 (special issue: Engineered nanoparticles in soils and waters).
  • Pradhan A, Pinheiro JP, Seena S, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Polyhydroxyfullerene binds cadmium ions and alleviates metal-induced oxidative stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80 (18), 5874–5881.
  • Pradhan A, Seena S, Dobritzsch D, Helm S, Gerth K, Dobritzsch M, Krauss G-J, Schlosser D, Pascoal C, Cássio F. 2014. Physiological responses to nanoCuO in fungi from non-polluted and metal-polluted streams. Science of the Total Environment, 466–467, 556–563.

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